Session126
TitleIdeas of 'Otherness' in Narratives and Depictions of Sainthood
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserAmy Devenney, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
 
Moderator/ChairGeorgina Fitzgibbon, Independent Scholar, Gloucestershire
 
Paper 126-a The Image of the Sufferer in the Healing Miracles of Southern Italy
(Language: English)
Amy Devenney, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Hagiography; Medicine; Social History
Paper 126-b The 'Other' Miracles: The Role of Non-Healing Miracles in Late Medieval Miracle Collections
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Hagiography; Social History
Paper 126-c Communicating by Other Means: Material Culture as a Mechanism for Cult Promotion
(Language: English)
Ian David Styler, Independent Scholar, Bottnaryd
Index Terms: Art History - General; Hagiography
 
AbstractThis session explores the idea and identification of 'otherness' in both narrative and material culture depictions of sainthood. The first paper will use the detailed descriptions of cure-seekers' experiences in Norman-Italian sources to explore the notion of the ill person as different within society, while the second paper will use evidence from some less well known Portuguese cults to consider the role of non-healing miracles in late medieval miracle collections. The final paper will consider Anglo-Norman images and statues of saints to understand how their portrayal enabled them to be seen as different from (and elevated above) the people who viewed them while also being used as a tool to enhance the saint's local and regional impact.